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Video killed the radio star sang the one hit wonder band, The Buggles.

The song predicted and lamented how technology was changing everything and is often used to suggest a big shift underway in an industry.

Below are some of the industries under siege and why. Typically there are four factors that amplify disruption in a sector.

  • a new entrant refocuses on customer needs to address an existing issue with a product or service
  • the new entrant usually uses a technology enabler to gain the advantage over the incumbent
  • the nature of the disruption was not foreseen and so regulations are absent or insufficient
  • availability of well-funded investors with an appetite for risk
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Great ideas, wrong time

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Companies, institutions and principles, nothing is safe from the impact of the 4th industrial revolution.

What 30 years of data tells us about the past and future of the super wealthy

What 30 years of data tells us about the past and future of the super wealthy

Changes to the Forbes Rich List is like a financial history of the world, reflecting economic booms and busts.

Everything you need to know about the dark web, but were too afraid to ask

Everything you need to know about the dark web, but were too afraid to ask

The recent closure of two illegal online marketplaces selling contraband has put the dark web back in the spotlight.

The Alibaba Group does not see itself as a company but an economy

The Alibaba Group does not see itself as a company but an economy

Alibaba founder Jack Ma says the future is his biggest competitor and he wants young entrepreneurs to help him succeed.

If a minimum wage is a good idea, what about a maximum?

If a minimum wage is a good idea, what about a maximum?

Salary caps are not new, but wage gaps have never been this big, perhaps this is how could we address it.

What the Google fine might say about the future control of the internet

What the Google fine might say about the future control of the internet

How an organisation you may not have heard of controls the internet and may be needed to control more of it.

Half this article will no longer be true in the future

Half this article will no longer be true in the future

Humans acknowledge that change is inevitable, but resist it anyway.

Update: Amazon gets wider, Uber gets a flat and Bitcoin is losing currency

Update: Amazon gets wider, Uber gets a flat and Bitcoin is losing currency

A mid-year update on the companies we have profiled on Business Unusual.